Headcloth (Iket Kepala)

A work made of cotton, plain weave; hand-drawn wax resist dyed (batik tulis).
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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave; hand-drawn wax resist dyed (batik tulis).

Date:

Late 19th century

Artist:

Indonesia, Central Java

About this artwork

Here is another variant of the semen design favored at the central Javanese courts. The bodies of large-winged birds, referring to Garuda, along with smaller birds, fruit, and flowers, are arranged radially against a ground of finely dotted foliage and vines. The palette is dominated by the characteristic reddish-brown soga dye, made from the bark of the soga tree.

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Title

Headcloth (Iket Kepala)

Origin

Java

Date

1875–1900

Medium

Cotton, plain weave; hand-drawn wax resist dyed (batik tulis)

Dimensions

106.8 x 106.5 cm (42 x 42 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Guy H. Mitchell

Reference Number

1926.5

Extended information about this artwork

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